A Spanish man recently received the world's first 3D-printed rib cage made from lightweight titanium. Although titanium implants are nothing new, the material has never been used to replace large section of the rib cage before. This revolutionary chest prosthetic represents a major breakthrough in medical technology.
The chest prosthetic was designed by surgeons at Salamanca University Hospital. The medical team decided that lightweight titanium would be ideal for replicating portions of the patient's chest that has been lost to cancer. To make the prosthetic, the team relied on high-resolution scans of the patient's chest. These scans were then input into a 3D printer in order to produce replacements for the patient's sternum and rib cage
The chest prosthetic is the first of its kind and could pave the way for future 3D-printed implants.